There is uproar today after it was revealed that 250 Guardia Civil trainee officers were given a course on bullfighting as part of their training in Jaén this week. One of their teachers swapped the police tricorn hat for a bullfighters cap and cape, to show students how to properly torture a cow to death. The students were not impressed, with a number of videos making their way onto the internet and a complaint being Continue reading Guardia Civil gives trainee officers bullfighting classes→
Roquetas townhall has been using spam bots to promote the towns bullfighting festivals across social media networks, according to a complaint from the opposition IU party. The ruling PP party under Mayor Gabriel Amat has for years been promoting bullfighting in Roquetas, paying tens of thousands a year from townhall coffers to organise them. Part of the excuse for the bullfights was that it attracts tourism, and the townhall has in the past pointed to Continue reading Roquetas townhall caught using spam bots to promote bullfights→
And this time, they’ve remembered to include a bull. It’s taken 10 years and 3,5 million euros to refit the museum, but the Museo Taurino de Córdoba has finally reopened to the public. But, with an eye to the change in public opinion, the gist of the museum has changed slightly – it’s now more about the bulls than the bullfighters.
Barcelona city council, having banned bullfighting back in 2012, is going a step further and banning the simulation of bull fighting, as well as all festivals involving bulls. The prohibition means that mock bull fights which involve teasing or distressing the animal are banned, as are corridas or any public spectacle which involves the death of the animal. Also banned are those traditional implements of torture used during the bullfight, la pica, la banderilla and Continue reading Barcelona bans all bullfight related festivals→
The bulls are back on TVE (national Spanish TV) after a six year hiatus. TV coverage by TVE of national bullfights was cancelled under the previous socialist leadership, but the PP appears to have put pressure on the national broadcaster to bring it back. TVE1 at 18:00: Feria de Valladolid. Vuelven los toros a Televisión Española. Seis años después de la última retransmisión, la cadena pública emite en directo la corrida de la Feria de Continue reading Bullfighting back on TVE after six years absence→
Bullfighting It’s an emotive subject. Hate it or love it, everybody’s got an opinion about it. The general stereotype given out by the Brits about the Spanish is that Spaniards don’t care about animals. Urban myths and real stories have combined in the public imagination and generated a belief that all Spaniards will either eat, work to death, kill for fun or ignore animals. Possibly, for the “Older” generation, this might be true. To a Continue reading Bullfighting→